There is no substitute for the long-term process of cultivating true flexibility through asana (yoga) practice, yet throughout the ages yogis have combined various methods to increase the suppleness of the physical body. The least known—and most tangible—is herbal therapy. Herbs have long played a vital role in helping to reduce chronic stiffness and improve flexibility. Chronic stiffness can be traced back to an imbalance of any of the three doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha), according to traditional Ayurvedic medicine—yet vata is usually the very first suspect. Vata consists of the elements of air and ether and presents the attributes of coldness, dryness, lightness, and mobility.
Elevated vata increases both coldness and dryness, which inhibits flexibility and explains those sometimes stiff morning practices during the vata season of early autumn. Thus, by Ayurvedic definition, a balanced vata can result in improved flexibility in the skeletal muscles and joints. Certain herbs reduce vata either by warming the muscles and joints or by calming nervous system tissues. This, in effect, reduces tension, smoothes muscle contraction, and allows greater control and range of mobility.
The following products will improve your flexibility.